BOB B. SOXX AND THE BLUE JEANS: Zip-A-Dee- Doo-Dah LP
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One of the most talented acts in Phil Spector’s stellar recording stable, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans featured the great Darlene Love, one of Spector’s favorite vocal muses; Fanita James, who also sang alongside Love in the ubiquitous studio vocal group the Blossoms; and Bob B. Soxx himself, aka renowned singer Bobby Sheen, a legend in West Coast R&B circles. The trio’s uncanny abilities provided Spector with an ideal vehicle to perfect his musical formula, making the trio’s 1963 album Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah one of the most enchanting items in the Philles Records catalogue.
Recorded in the hallowed environs of L.A.’s Gold Star Studios with backup from the legendary Wrecking Crew, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah finds the trio cutting loose on a high-energy set that includes the Disney-inspired title hit and the infectious “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart?” Love’s powerful vocals are also featured on “My Heart Beat a Little Faster” and the Jackie DeShannon-penned “Jimmy Baby,” while the ever-soulful Sheen is showcased on such tunes as “Dear (Here Comes My Baby)” and “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right.” Meanwhile, a left-field reading of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and the album-closing instrumental “Dr. Kaplan’s Office” demonstrate Spector’s quirkier side.
Cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah • Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart? • Let The Good Times Roll • My Heart Beats A Little Faster • Jimmy Baby • Baby (I Love You) • White Cliffs Of Dover • This Land Is Your Land • Dear (Here Comes My Baby) • I Shook The World • Everything’s Gonna Be All Right • Dr. Kaplan’s Office